A new piece of fan artwork for Star Wars: The Last Jedi shows Luke Skywalker decapitating Kylo Ren. The Last Jedi was the second film in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy directed by Rian Johnson. Luke only had a cameo role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but became a main character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi to train Rey in the ways of the Force.
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi was one of the most divisive films in the entire franchise, there were a few scenes that most people enjoyed. One was the throne room scene when Kylo Ren and Rey briefly teamed up to take down Snoke’s Elite Praetorian Guards. That, of course, doesn’t last as Kylo tries to turn her to the dark side, which leads to the final battle of the movie on Crait. Luke and Kylo have a lightsaber duel, but Kylo soon discovers that Luke was using Force projection to give the Resistance time to escape. But what if things had gone differently?
This new piece of fan art from Phase Runner shows the final battle on Crait ending with Luke decapitating Kylo Ren. This artwork imagines what could have happened had Luke actually shown up to the mineral planet rather than just using Force projection to trick his nephew. Phase Runner’s original Instagram post can be seen below:
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi divided the fanbase, Hamill himself had been critical of the film. Soon after the release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, Hamill came out to say that he didn’t agree with all of the decisions that were made with Luke’s character arc, even saying, “He’s not my Luke Skywalker.” Hamill backpedaled a bit the week after those initial comments, but even today, Hamill seems confused on the direction The Last Jedi went with Luke Skywalker. The actor has even criticized Star Wars: The Force Awakens since it missed out on giving Luke, Han, and Leia a heartfelt reunion.
If fans think that The Last Jedi didn’t stay true to Luke’s character, then they definitely would not have been happy if Luke cut his nephew’s head off. Despite Kylo posing an imminent threat to the Resistance, Luke giving into hate and anger would have likely turned him to the dark side. Hamill has said in the past that he is still bitter about Luke killing the Wampa in The Empire Strikes Back, so having Luke kill Kylo Ren would have completely gone against his character. In short, while the above fan art is a fun “what if” scenario, it likely would have caused Star Wars: The Last Jedi to receive even more backlash than it already has.